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Given: No fear of big guns

THE draw couldn't have been much tougher: Spain, Croatia and Italy. But we are looking forward.

"The whole country has been given a boost by us qualifying. We have always responded against the bigger nations in the past."

"This same group has been together for three or four years now and the bigger teams won't want to play against us because they know how hard we are to play against.

"Paris was a huge disappointment and when we missed out on the World Cup a lot of people might have felt sorry for themselves.

"But we showed we are a good team. We want to give a good account of ourselves."